Re-Sign or Release: LB Keith Adams

With the start of free agency not too far ahead, we take a look at the Dolphins' free agents and weigh in on which players the Dolphins should bring back and which players they can afford to let go. Today we examine the case of linebacker Keith Adams.

When he joined the Dolphins: Adams was signed on Sept. 4 after being waived by the Carolina Panthers.

His 2006 season: Adams played strictly on special teams in the 15 games in which he saw action. He finished the seasons with six special teams tackles and one forced fumble, but always will be remembered for his failure to come up with the loose ball after Olindo Mare's well-executed onside kick at the end of the Houston game.

2006 base salary: $585,000

Forecast: Even though he was a stud linebacker at Clemson, Adams has been nothing but a special teams player in the NFL, so he won't be a hot commodity on the free agent market. But he is pretty good on special teams, and every team needs a few guys like that. Besides, he's not very expensive.

Projection: Even though he's not necessarily a high priority, this is a guy the Dolphins will try to bring back. The guess is he'll be with Miami next season.

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